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The Crane Union Boarding School in Oregon
Host: It’s six a.m. and 6° in the eastern Oregon community of Crane and students at a unique boarding school, Crane Union High are getting their day started.
This is a public boarding school, one of the very few still standing in the United States.
Glennie Cargill: There are a lot of rural areas that haven’t in line with the teaching aid but not a high school. So, they come in here and live in our boarding high school. We have kids as far as two hours away down the south in which is down in Nevada which actually closes in a different state but they come up here because there’s not a high school where they are.
I have my two sisters’ work at the kitchen. They’re the cooking staff there. My brother is the basketball coach for ball coach here. So yeah and it works that way a lot. There is more than my family that way mainly because there are very few people to choose from. You know, you get and then you get a family that lived close or want to be involved and active with the kids. This is the opportunity they have here. It’s not a lot of different opportunities for them.
The kids all come from the ranch and rural background. So, they’re very responsible kids. They have a lot of duties at home and they’re just responsible. They don’t have a lot of the outside world filtering in on them so they still have a lot of good home values and families are really intact and they work well together and it makes a different atmosphere when you have a whole family involved rather than just a about different kids from all over. These kids, all of them are raised here and they all know each other. They help each other brand. They help each other move cattle. They work together. This is kind of like a family all the way through.
Melinda Northrop: Well, I like the isolation actually. I was raised in this area, so I’m used to it and I mean not that you’re not in contact with people but you don’t have a lot of people to be in contact with. You don’t have the traffic. You get up in the morning and you walk across the street and go to work.
Do know the kids. You get to know their parents really well so I think you’d probably have more contact with their families than a lot of the bigger schools and we are a such a small school that gets really hard for them to get lost in the cracks of the school system because are in contact with the dorm or with their parents. So, if they’re missing from school, we usually are able to find them in a shorter amount of time.
Angelina Rossburg: It’s really unique in a sense that you get so close to your classmates. You’re almost like brothers and sisters and I really like that sense of knowing that someone’s always going to be there for me and that I can always rely on someone to like kind of cry on their shoulder maybe and you also get really good one on one with the teachers which helps you like, I’d say maybe get more scholarships and it gives you more opportunities to be better in the future. I think they help a lot.
Rob Frank: The kids out here seem to be really unique. In fact they all take on leadership roles and they do really exceptional work. They really get work ethics. I do think the students are pretty exceptional and they have lot opportunities out here that kids in more urban areas don’t have.
Well, they are unique in the fact that probably 80% of them come from rural areas or traditional farming ranch and families and I think it also makes me unique because they live together pretty much all week. These kids seem busier and more involved than the kids you have seen in other schools because oh I bet 80% of them are doing out what they are told all the time. A lot of them are doing more than one sport in the season especially the girls with dance team and cheerleading and basketball. I think a lot of the traditional behaviors, the traditional ways of showing respect are still pretty ingrained with the kids out here
Female: Most of the kids I would say probably 75% go on to a higher education and we have kids that have graduated from here. We’ve got kids in their doctorate program, nurses, teachers, and dentists. They have a little bit of everybody. They seem they all go to school, most of them. A lot of them will come back to the ranches after they go to school but most of the parents are making sure that kids get out there and get that education and then, if they want to come home to the ranch that some of them can get also.
Angelina Rossburg: Having so many friends, knowing that I have friends to be there for me and knowing that people know me kind of so that I can talk to them about anything. That’s probably the best part about the school.
Jim Kelly: There are about 1500 kids here. Well, at this ranch I've got them all boys that we moved at different stages of size of the buffalo. They go to different places and then we’ll finish him and come back and ship them from here.
Well, like these cows that were cub this spring, they’ll be here until next fall when we meet them and then I’ll move them to another place and then, yeah, we got to run them up to about two years old where we finish him. Everything we do is all natural. There’s nothing but natural everything so that what it takes for people today, I guess.
The proteins a lot higher than in beef and the fats like 34% less than buffalo than in beef. The heart doctors are recommending people with heart problems to eat buffalo. When you get down to taking care of yourself, you know with your heart, I guess that’s pretty important. You’ll kind of do what they say. Some people do.